The Q&A Archives: Use Of Cedar Shavings

Question: Bags of cedar shavings used as bedding for small animals were left by former homeowners. Can this material be used in any form, i.e., as mulch in flower and vegetable beds or incorporated into the soil to provide nutritional benefits?
Are there any particular vegetables that would not tolerate the cedar shavings as mulch? Thank you.

Answer: You can certainly use the shavings as mulch. Use them in a thin layer over the soil or in combination with another material as they may mat when wet. Ideally you would allow them to age for about a year or so, but it is not strictly necessary if you use them in a thin layer.

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